Early man was a whole new phenomenon, not entirely expected.
“How can that be, Lord? Weren’t human beings part of Your plan from the beginning?”
Remember that I am following a plan, not inventing it. I don’t know the whole plan Myself.
“So the emergence of human beings was a surprise?”
Yes. Even though I saw the unfolding of life and understood its trajectory, there is a discontinuity between animal life and human life that’s surprising. People are not just smarter animals. It is not just that they have souls—animals have a kind of soul too—it is that they are creative, free, self-reflective, open-ended, have a yearning to go beyond themselves. They are in fact like little gods, though I do not like the usual use of this notion. But people are much more of the same substance and kind as God. That is why I can communicate with them so effectively. The mind is a little reflection or mirror of God.